Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Oilfield firehouse manager tells of improvements at CISPRI
It’s been over a decade that Doug Lynch has been the general manager for Cook Inlet Spill Prevention & Response Inc. (CISPRI). Lynch recently updated the Kenai Chamber of Commerce on some of the improvements that CISPRI has made during that time. “Our job is to be the firehouse and to respond to oil spills, we are on call 24/7 365 days a year and we can mobilize in about a half hour in the day and little longer at night, so we are always ready go very promptly,” said Lynch.

AWG International Committee makes final tour before 2006 Games
With selection trials for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) in full swing across the 7 circumpolar nations, Chefs de Mission’s and members of the AWG International Committee made a final tour of the Kenai Peninsula last week. “Crunch time is here now, this is the last big meeting before the games begin and we’re looking for some great developments from the Host Society,” said IC committee member Ian Legarree, N.W. Territories, shortly after arriving at the Kenai airport. According to Legarree, N.W. Territories athletes are excited about the coming games, “The Alaska Games are always very popular and we’ll have the biggest selection trials ever to choose our team to come to Alaska,” said Legarree.

Outdoors with John Perkovich
As I loaded the last of my fishing gear into my pick-up I thought wouldn’t it be great to live in the perfect world where you could leave all your gear at the lake in your boat. All you had to do was drive to your favorite lake each time you wanted to go fishing and everything would be there just as you left it. Actually living in a place where no one took anything that didn’t belong to him or her. Can you even imagine how much more time you would get to fish if you did not have to carry everything back and forth each time?

Swen sworn in as new Chief of Nikiski Fire Department
The Nikiski Fire Department has come a long way since its first 1944 pumper truck and converted military vehicle that was turned into a water tanker and put into service in the early 1960’s by thirty some volunteers to protect life and property for the growing community of Nikiski. Today Nikiski’s new Fire Chief Fred Swen oversees 19 employees and 25 on-call volunteers. The department’s service area is responsible for an area roughly the size of the state of Connecticut with approx. 5000 residents and utilizes state of the equipment. Its primary purpose and responsibility covers not only residents, but the North Kenai Industry parkway, Cook Inlet oil & gas platforms, cold water capability, satellite station’s at native villages Beluga and Tyonek as well as community support and involvement in training and education.

“Rascal” recruits two new team members for Arctic Winter Games
In just about four months the flame of the 2006 Arctic Winter Games will be lit and the call will go out to nearly 2,000 athletes from 7 circumpolar nations to; “Let the Games begin!” In that moment the results of the work and planning of more than three years will be underway. To assist that moment and the entire week of the Games goes as smoothly as possible two new professionals have been added to the full time Arctic Winter Games (AWG) staff. Shawn Maltby has taken on the position of Care and Comfort Manager and Max Fjelstad is the Cultural and Facilities Manager.

NOW PLAYING: The Legend of Zorro
I knew I was in trouble when, prior to our hero’s first appearance in this week’s big budget sequel, The Legend of Zorro, the villain, a pseudo-religious psychopath with a big fake looking cross scar on his cheek, rides out and begins to fire his rifle repeatedly into a crowd of innocents, shooting off hat after hat.

Pets need special consideration when snow begins to fly
From long walks on the beach to riding shotgun in the truck on the way to town, pet owners enjoy spending lots of time with their furry friends, but winter in Alaska and can present some important health hazards to pets.

When it's cold outside, turn to the great indoors
Although winter is only in its infancy, Kenai Peninsula residents will do well to plan now to combat the onset of cabin fever, a malady which can strike even the heartiest of Alaska Sourdoughs.

Winter weather far from easy to predict
At best, Alaska's winter weather cane be described as unpredictable. From week to week on the Kenai Peninsula during the winter, area residents can expect anything from heavy snowfall to bone-chilling cold to rain.

Beware the ill sounds of the winter cold and flu season
"Ah-choo," "Waaah," "thud" and "Mommm" are sounds that, unfortunately, will be common soon.

When temperatures begin to fall, make sure you’re ready with the right gear
Kids may seem impervious to the weather, working up a sweat even as they roll in the snow. But common sense and safety say children — and adults — still need to dress appropriately for Alaska’s winter weather.

Preparing home crucial to a cozy winter
Curtis Thayer said he lowered his home heating bill 20 percent last year. But natural gas prices had increased 17 percent from the year before. How does that work?

Communication key to outdoor safety
Remember back in high school when your parents always wanted to know where you were going, and when you would be home, and who you would be with?

A few small steps at home can help save a lot of cold hard cash
In addition to properly insulating your home, other tips for winterizing your home and conserving energy include:

From skating to skiing, dogs to sleds, peninsula has it all
There really is no season like snow season. Not only does winter abound with fun and exciting outdoor activities, it also offers a solitude and tranquility that can't be found in the warmer months.

Be prepared: Emergency kits can save lives
It was easy to ignore the fact that Alaska's winter was just around the corner, given the unseasonably warm weather we have had.

Ice, snow, dark among the many reasons to slow down on area roads
Good driving habits are important anytime, but now that the long nights of winter approach its time to start paying closer attention to seasonal hazards like freezing rain, snowstorms, slick pavement and those hulking creatures de-scended from the high country milling about on the roadway.

Volunteer efforts help take weight off minds at competition
The annual KPBSD Mind-A-Mazes competition was held Oct. 8 at Soldotna Middle School. Mind-A-Mazes is the Quest Program's annual hands-on engineering contest. This year's competition required students from grades four through 12 to design and build a device that would raise a weight 1 meter and then lower that same weight 1 meter in exactly two minutes minutes.

Teachers, students appreciate help with booth
The fifth-grade teachers and students at Mountain View Elementary would like to thank all the businesses and parents who generously donated prizes to our bingo booth held during our school's Halloween Carnival on Oct. 20.

Not forgotten
As the war in Iraq moved past 2,000 U.S. soldiers killed there, Kenai Peninsula citizens honored those dead by putting out 2,000 flags in front of Soldotna Creek Park along the Sterling Highway on Sunday. There also were banners that read slogans such as, "Support the troops — Bring them home." As to why they decided to hold such an event, Gina Savchuk-Jones of Kasilof said, "Because apathy runs rampant. It's time people took notice." Her son, Tom, recently returned — alive — from a tour of duty in Iraq.

Kasilof River Road project set for state grant funding
Flooding in 2002 created a safety hazard along a half-mile long section of the Kasilof River Road.

Other charges keep man from facing illegal guiding rap
A Nikiski man facing multiple charges related to an illegal bear hunt on the Kenai Peninsula earlier this year has been arrested for an outstanding warrant issued by the state of Kansas.

Boo to you
Halloween came a day early in Kenai this year, as the Kenai Community Library and the Kenai Performers' Travelin' Tales storytelling troupe put on a variety show Sunday afternoon.

Think snow
Bill Tracy gets help with cross-country skis Saturday from Steve Ford and his daughter, Becca, during a sports swap at Kenai Central High School. The annual event is a fund-raiser for the school's ski team.

New mayor ready to roll
A transition team made up of officials from across the borough has been formed to ensure the approach of newly elected Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams is broad-based and practical.

Wendy's restaurants close in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS (AP) — The former mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and closed her three Wendy's restaurants.

Assembly to tackle appraisal bid issues
Mayor Dale Bagley has asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to OK a no-bid contract hiring an Eagle River company to appraise the value of several Nikiski-area industrial plants.

Alaska strengthens ties on gas pipeline
VANCOUVER, B.C. (AP) — British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell and Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski signed a memorandum of cooperation Monday, aimed at enhancing economic development opportunities and creating stronger ties.

Registration issue debated
A registration and educational accountability system for all school-age children is among a list of state legislative priorities approved by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education for 2006.

New mayor taking oath
A new Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor is expected to take the oath of office Tuesday night at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, just before the assembly takes up a lengthy agenda that includes electing new assembly officers and accepting and spending several state grants.

Robert McCrosky
Kenai resident Robert "Bicycle Bob" McCrosky died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 74.

Robert McCrosky
Kenai resident Robert "Bicycle Bob" McCrosky died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 74.

It's the lives, not the number, that count
It's about to happen again, the inflated importance of a ''milestone'' based on a nice and tidy number. The United States will soon see the death of its 2,000th member of the military since the Iraq war began in March 2003, and with it will come the extended discussions about exit strategies, political implications, and how and why the U.S. went to war.

Community events
Essay deadline looming Star-gazing class begins Celebration aims to lighten up trails Ducks Unlimited banquet planned Holiday workshop set to decorate Rec center celebrates 25 years Kayak classes to set paddle NRA banquet, auction planned Dog club offers practice run-throughs VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest Team will work for uniforms

Around the Peninsula
KCHS cross-country skiing begins Bee keepers buzzing on Competency-based education talk slated Community discussion planned SoHi craft fair slated SAD presentation slated

Peninsula people
Top 'Pops' awarded Triana, Kapp are smooth talkers Houser deploys to Iraq

Heros
Project helpers get stamp of approval ILC receives grant

Around the Peninsula
Table tennis tournament set Star-gazing class begins Senior cafe open Quilting opportunity available Rec center to celebrate Holiday workshop set to decorate

Kardinal subs work for size
Kenai Central senior Jamie Peterson makes up for what she lacks in height with hard work. When Peterson was in middle school at Nikiski, she stood 5-foot-7 and, as the tallest on the team, played middle hitter.

Senior activities
Homer senior, Friendship centers Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Senior menus
Homer Kenai Nikiski Seward Soldotna Sterling

Kardinal subs work for size
Kenai Central senior Jamie Peterson makes up for what she lacks in height with hard work. When Peterson was in middle school at Nikiski, she stood 5-foot-7 and, as the tallest on the team, played middle hitter.

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